Fire Scene Evidence Collection Guide

This web site from the International Association of Arson Investigators provides evidence collection procedures and demonstrations for the most common types of evidence encountered at a fire scene. Collection procedures, checklists of important actions to do to ensure the integrity of the evidence collected, and an evidence-related FAQ are accessed from the top navigation bar.  Select "References" to review the sources used to compile the procedures and  "Contributors" for a list of experts who vetted those procedures.

Select a type of evidence to review its collection and packaging procedures.

Remember to also review the Checklists prior to collection and prior to releasing the scene.


If you wear snug-fitting evidence collection gloves for an extended period of time, the sweat on your hands can stick to the ridges on your fingertips and your prints may transfer onto a clean surface. Learn more in the FAQ.


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